Each year, on the second Tuesday in October, the HBA hosts its annual board election. This election, governed by the HBA bylaws, decides who represents the business community of Hillcrest. The HBA also manages the election for the Uptown Community Parking District for Hillcrest business seats. Important documents and biographies for folks who are running are below and more will be added as they become available.
Important Election Documents:
Candidates for HBA Board of Directors:
Ryan Bedrosian ~ Rich’s Nightclub
Ryan Bedrosian is the general manager at Rich’s Nightclub.
Tami Daiber-Hirst ~ Carleton Management (bio coming soon)
Tami Daiber, RPA®, FMA® is Chief Operating Officer at Carleton Management. With more than 20 years in the real estate industry, Tami has managed suburban office buildings, retail shopping centers, industrial and medical office buildings for nationally recognized institutional owners, publicly traded real estate investment trusts as well as local San Diego investors. She has also managed multi-million dollar tenant improvement projects and has completed numerous building renovation projects.
A graduate of University of San Diego, Tami holds a California Real Estate License and the Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designations from the Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI International).
David Daniel ~ BO-beau kitchen + caché/ Tacos! Libertad (Cohn Restaurant Group)
David has spent the last 22 years working in the Food & Beverage Industry. He has been managing now for 10 years and is embarking on his 8th year with Cohn Restaurant Group.
David has been successful in the opening of Vintana Wine & Dine, OB Warehouse, and Coasterra as well as the three outlets he manages here in the Hillcrest area to which he calls home.
John Husler ~ Lestat’s Coffee (bio coming soon)
John Husler is the Founder and Operator of Lestat’s Coffeehouses and has been in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries for his entire career.
In 1997, John opened the original Lestat’s Coffeehouse in Normal Heights. Soon to follow was Lestat’s expansion, which provided a great outlet for local performers and artists with their award-winning Open Mic venue. A second Lestat’s opened in University Heights in 2010 and the third (and largest location) opened in Hillcrest in 2016.
Lestats is consistently voted the Best Coffeehouse with Live Music, the Best Open Mic and winner or runner-up for the Best Coffeehouse in San Diego by San Diego CityBeat readers. John cherishes everyone who works with him as well as his customers and community. He looks forward to lending his dedication and expertise to the HBA Board.
Cecelia Moreno ~ The Crest Cafe (bio coming soon)
Matt Ramon ~ Urban Mo’s (bio coming soon)
Kristen Rindall ~ Artist Craftsman (bio coming soon)
Jerry Strayve ~ Westpac Wealth Mngt. (bio coming soon)
Candidates for UCPD Board of Directors representing Hillcrest Businesses:
Natalie Villegas ~ Carleton Management
My name is Natalie Villegas and I currently serve on the UCPD and I am the chair for the Hillcrest Parking Committee. I am an Assistant Property Manager for Carleton Management and I am also an onsite manager for our few residentials units off Fifth Avenue. As you are aware, Uptown faces many challenges when it comes to parking and traffic related issues.
My passion for our community continues to grow and being part of a committee that is determined to better our community is very important to me. I’ve enjoyed serving on this board for the past three years and would love to continue tackling the challenges our committee faces. Some projects I enjoyed being a part of are the Normal Street Promenade and Hillcrest’s Wayfinding signage. My ultimate goal while serving on this board is to create a more unified environment and work with all members of our community to ensure new projects coming to Uptown have a positive impact when it relates to parking and traffic flow. Recognizing the businesses’ needs as well as our residents’ needs, I feel is very crucial to having a successful, thriving community.
That being said, I would like to ask for your formal nomination to serve on the Uptown Community Parking District.
Benjamin Nicholls ~ Hillcrest Business Association
Benjamin Nicholls has served as the HBA’s Executive Director for over ten years. While in Hillcrest, he has been the recipient of the “Outstanding Ally Nicky” award by the San Diego LGBT Imperial Court, he is the recipient of an San Diego Architectural Foundation award, he was the project manager for the creation of the San Diego LGBT Pride Flag and Hillcrest Pride Historical Monument, he oversaw two expansions of the Hillcrest Farmers Market, and the complete renovation of the Hillcrest Sign. Prior to his time with the HBA, he managed Discover Pacific Beach where he created the Beach Area Community Court in a partnership with the San Diego City Attorney’s office and the San Diego Police Department. He has presented at national conferences on community development, marketing, criminal justice, and urban development. As a private consultant he oversaw a lighting demonstration event in Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park National Historic Landmark and an event unveiling the Barrio Logan Community Sign. He is the president of the Uptown Community Parking District and holds a masters degree in leadership and nonprofit management from the University of San Diego.
Chris Shaw ~ Urban Mo’s (bio coming soon)